Growing up in the entertainment industry and spotlight has come with its ups and downs. I know how fortunate I am and I’m grateful for my circumstances. However, a big misconception about fame is that sometimes people forget that you are human; that you too deal with the issues that all women face, ranging from self-worth, body image, societal beauty standards, and the feeling of needing to be perfect.
The truth is that there is no such thing as being perfect, and we as women should embrace our own, as well as others’, unique characteristics that make each one of us who we are.
In my life, I have been publicly labeled everything from a drug addict, fat, a racist, a spoilt brat, talentless, too skinny to be America’s Sweetheart. As a result of this, I would do anything to not be me. I would go to bed praying to wake up anyone else but myself. I fed into the media stories, I played up to being a brat, and I was the definition of lost.
One day, I woke up sick and tired of being sick and tired, and realized that the only thing that I will ever be, is me! So, why not be the best me that I can be because I am never going to be perfect or someone else. I discovered that I never wanted to be the skinniest, the prettiest, the smartest, the funniest, the tallest, and the best at anything! Because you know what? There will always be someone “better”. You can’t change who you are, but you can change your actions. My wish is that girls and women stop competing with each other and learn that we are our best allies.
We are fierce, phenomenal, beautiful creatures to be celebrated, and if someone tells you differently, persevere and keep working hard to achieve your dreams.